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Alleged hacker facing 154 charges in Football Leaks case

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LISBON, Portugal — Portuguese prosecutors are bringing 154 charges against an alleged local hacker they believe is linked to the publication of internal documents that embarrassed top European clubs and soccer officials in the Football Leaks case.

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A statement from the attorney general’s office Thursday said Rui Pinto, who is in custody in Lisbon after being extradited from Hungary, is accused of alleged crimes connected to the release of secret information about the financial dealings of clubs.

The accusations include illegal access to data and attempted extortion.

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The statement says the Football Leaks website published confidential information about players’ and coaches’ contracts and transfer fees, among other things.

No trial date has been set.

The Football Leaks website began in 2015. European media started publishing documents the website posted, igniting scandals.

French prosecutors open tax fraud probe after soccer leaks

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PARIS (AP) French financial prosecutors have opened a preliminary investigation into suspected tax fraud linked to the soccer industry.

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The national financial prosecutor’s office announced the investigation Tuesday, saying it was launched after reports by a group of European media outlets earlier this month. It said the probe could affect people who pay taxes in France, but did not name any players or coaches.

The group cited documents by the website Football Leaks that purport to show details of tax arrangements made by several top soccer players and coaches. Football Leaks has in the past claimed that some players and coaches made transactions that could suggest financial impropriety.

Similar investigations have been carried out in Spain.